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It’s Mardi Gras time again in Hancock County
By Jennifer Lenain
Jan 11, 2013, 18:11

Carnival Season is here. Events are filling the calendar and king cake will be gone before you know it. Hancock County area festivities begin today with the second annual CASA Mardi Gras Gala. Here is a list of Mardi Gras happenings to keep you entertained until Fat Tuesday on Feb. 12.
• The 2nd annual Crew of CASA Mardi Gras Gala starts at 7 p.m. today, at the Bay Saint Louis Community Hall. The event is a fundraiser, featuring live music by the Myles Sharp Band. There will be a live and silent auction and dinner. BYOB. Proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children of Hancock County. Call 228-344-0419 for tickets.
• The 18th Annual Timber Ridge Woman's Mardi Gras Parade will roll at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 in the Timber Ridge Subdivision, 515 Henderson Avenue, Pass Christian.
• The 5th Annual Krewe of Legacy Mardi Gras Parade will roll at noon on Feb. 2.
Floats, horses and buggies, golf carts, antique cars and more parade throughout a 5-mile circular route North of Interstate 10. The parade starts and ends at Neco’s Market Place at the intersection of Vidalia and Cable Bridge Road (Exit 24). Exit North on Firetower Road to Vidalia Road, then east on Vidalia Road to Cable Bridge Road.
• The 46th Annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras Parade will roll on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. beginning at the intersection of Drinkwater and Highway 90 in Bay Saint Louis, then roll west, ending at Auderer Street and Highway 90 in Waveland, disbanding in front of the West End restaurant.
• The 3rd Annual Mardi Pardi Race is set for Feb. 9, at 9 a.m. at the Mockingbird Cafe. Fundraising 5K/10K run through downtown Bay St. Louis and along the beach road. In addition, enjoy New Orleans bands, local food and beer, trophies and runners' Mardi Gras costume contest. Proceeds benefit Live Oak Alliance Mississippi. For more information and to register online, visit www.MardiPartiAdventure.org.
• Krewe of Diamondhead Mardi Gras Parade will roll at noon on Feb. 9. Approximately 30 units with mostly elaborately decorated golf carts unload beads, stuffed animals, candy and other Carnival treats to scores of outstretched hands. Parade begins at the Community Center and winds its way towards the Country Club.
• The St. Paul Carnival Association Mardi Gras Ball is Feb. 9, doors open at 7 p.m. at the West Harrison Civic Center, 4670 West Espy Avenue. Join in the fun with presentation of the 2013 royal court and beautiful tableau, and then afterwards, dance the night away. To purchase tickets for the ball contact St. Vincent De Paul School at 228-222-6000.
• The 83rd Annual Pass Christian Mardi Gras Parade is set to roll at noon on Feb. 10.
The theme this year is the Asian Calendar: The Year of the Snake. The parade starts at the corner of Davis Ave. and Second Street, proceeds to Scenic Drive turns west to Henderson Avenue, North to St. Louis, east to Church Street, south to Second Street, and east on Second to Davis Avenue. Grand Marshal: Deuce McAllister. 2013 Royalty: King Christian LXXXIII: Chipper McDermott (Mayor of Pass Christian) and Queen Christiana Jane Dennis (wife of Dave Dennis). Hosted by the St. Paul Carnival Association.
• The 6th Annual Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras Parade will roll at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 in downtown Bay Saint Louis. It's the Gulf Coast's only predominantly African-American Krewe. This parade originally was the Krewe of Real People. Parade route is down Main Street, turns on to Second Street, on to Union Street continuing to Blaize Avenue in front of the Historic Depot.


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